Dear Diary, Football is Coming
So I'm going to admit this: until kinda recently I didn't know what "Okie" was. I knew it had something to do with bringing a lot of guys to the line and then running the mother of all zone blitzes. Which is what it is, but not very specific. So I drew this out based on a play vs. Illinois last year, and this became the genesis of last week's 'Museday' (name changing), and a companion piece with drawings of various formations Michigan runs. I plan to make that a sticky for the rest of us who could use a reference occasionally, and fix any minor mistakes in the current pics (e.g. the 3-tech is misaligned slightly), so suggestions are welcome.
Turnovers are not random, just the random ones are. There's this disconnect still around these parts and others where the math says that turnovers are random—all coaches have their players drill loose balls and ball security with equal emphasis—and significant deviation from the mean means you got lucky; and our lizard brains which say "that wasn't luck; that was Thomas Gordon being [high pitch] AWEsome."
So ZooWolverine, who wanted to believe he could find something—anything—to convince his brain it is not a lizard that sounds like a character from Friends, did his own stat study. The result: some skill involved in interceptions, but fumbles will still go 57-43 to the defense, and if you got something else it's luck. Sorry Joey lizard brain.
What do you get for a DUI? Getting behind the wheel of a car (or a golf cart) when intoxicated is really, really stupid. It's also scarily common, and college athletes seem to be particularly bad at this. There are degrees (one drink can put some people over the limit), but there's also enough of a record of coaches' responses to getting caught doing this stupid reckless thing that we have a fairly good idea of a typical DUI suspension. Gulo Gulo Luscus has updated that, and you can see my old list in the comments below. Findings: one game seems to be the going rate unless you play for Jim Tressel, and missing a practice season (spring, fall, etc.) is a little bit under average. Personally, not knowing the specific circumstances, I would want my coach to suspend the player for at least one game, always.
After THE JUMP the Diarist of the Week, the most awesome deck of cards ever, and Carl Grapentine says something that will give you goosebumps.
Let's play 52 pickup: So this guy named varsity walks into an Ann Arbor store and sees a deck of Michigan football heroes. As in a deck of cards where Biakabatuka is the 5 of Spades, Desmond Howard is the Ace of Hearts, etc. Then this guy mails the cards out to each player in the deck and asks the players to mail their cards back with their signatures. And they did! Not all of them (Tom Brady's publicist sent back some Patriots stuff) but check out the ones that returned. Most awesome collectible ever? Absolutely.
And if you happen to run into Des, Jansen, Woodson, Perry, Griese, Braylon, Law, or Brady, remember to hound them about sending their cards back.
Save the Game! A short situational by 909Dewey on the various things that could be at stake whenever Michigan and Ohio State face each other now, and how the current Big Ten division alignment takes away much of the winner-take-all meaning that made The Game so prominent among sports rivalries. The answer all along is to put Michigan and Ohio State in a division together, but this will never happen because imagine all the money if…
Etc. THE KNOWLEDGE says despite Rocky Long's no-punt strategy being wildly successful, we won't be meeting SDSU in the national championship game. Drat. And better get your OT O-U-T of yourself in the next drinking thread because Football is coming.
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BEFORE THEY WERE COACHES
The university has posted this year's team photo. You should already know that Bentley keeps all of these, high-res, for the public and that Wolverine Historian is just about the most awesome thing ever. Now you should know he pulled these. From left to right: Carr in 1980, Moeller in '69, Hoke in '95.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PRESENTING THE 235 MEMBER MICHIGAN MARCHING BAND. BAAAAAAND TAKE THE FIELD!
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You know you're excited about the football season when the song that's stuck in your head all week is M Fanfare. The opening salvo of a day of Michigan football is brought to you by this thread asking what's your favorite tradition, but what makes it highly clickworthy, is Wolverine Historian stepping in again to show how damn loud the '86 band sounded in comparison to today, probably thanks to the turf. Watch that '86 fanfare and how much damn RUACH (spirit) is in everything they do. Band from 1986, you are now my favorite 235 member Michigan Marching Band.
And WH, you are my Diarist of the Week even though you didn't write a diary because every thread you touch turns to gold (see also: Manningham doing the worm thread hijacked with video of Braylon's backflip). For the rest of yeh, since the only way to satiate the evil repeating iPod in your lizard brain is to listen to the song, I give you this as a public service. Please remember to clap along.
KEVIN DUDLEY APPROVES OF THIS THREAD or REMEMBER THE DONKEYS
Brilliant idea for a thread. Inspired (I hope) by the remembrance of Aaron Shea's three-man block, Blue in South Bend put up a list of some of the greatest blocks ever thrown. Candidates are
- Patrick Omameh's open field demolition of Notre Dame's star linebacker that made "getting Te'o'ed" a thing.
- The mountain goating by Odoms that made the "Shoelace" introduction to Denard Robinson possible
- Shea vs. the State of Wisconsin
- Goodbye Buckeye, Hello Heisman
- Unknown Soldier vs. Ohio State in '97
Roundtree's block on Purdue comes in later. If you guys spend the next week expanding this thread the world will thank you!
ATTENDANCE AND H.A.I.L.
Wolverine Devotee found the attendance records for every varsity sport according to NCAA. No guesses which game had the most fans in a building to watch football ever.
Wouldn't it be nice if it looked like this, like, at the start of every game (except with a noonday sun instead of Roundtree/Lewan/Hoke/Denard ghosts)?
Brian will cover the new student loyalty program in UV. I like the sentiment but am disappointed with the result. Make them show up 10 minutes before the event, not after!
QuarterbackU made the above, as well as one of Kovacs. I am so down with this one, which reminds me a little bit of the opening to Michigan Replay. The Kovacs one is in the stupid honeybee uniforms and thus useless.
MET A WOLVERINE
You have not yet heard of Antonio Whitfield, and you probably won't again. He's a freshman on the track team who plans to try again to walk on to the football team as an RB. This is very Cool Story Bro-ish but WingsNWolverines ran into the kid in Columbus, and then the kid himself found the site and checked in. Your rooting interest is for this MGoBlogger to make the team, teach Borges that bubble screens do involve receivers blocking, and when this play has us up 42-3 on Ohio State he'll get to run it. He'll score, of course. Then we'll go for two.
ETC. There was another side to the MMB to Dallas thing.
Your moment of zen: